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Eric Cohen

El Gigante/Giant Gonzalez 1966 - 2010

By September 29, 2010

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I am saddened to report that Jorge Gonzalez, better known to wrestling fans as El Gigante and Giant Gonzalez, passed away last week at the age of 44. He had been very sick since retiring 15 years ago due to having diabetes.

Born in Argentina, Jorge became the first player from that country's basketball league to be drafted by the NBA. The 7'5" basketball star was drafted in 1988 by the Atlanta Hawks, which were owned at the time by Ted Turner.

After his basketball career didn't pan out, he went to work for Ted Turner's wrestling company, World Championship Wrestling, in 1990. Dubbed El Gigante, he was immediately thrown into the biggest feud in the company as a part of Sting's group, Dudes With Attitudes. He also had several matches against Ric Flair for the WCW Championship during his tenure with the company.

In 1993, he joined World Wrestling Entertainment where he was known as Giant Gonzalez. He immediately got into a feud with the Undertaker and lost to him via disqualification at WrestleMania IX. Unfortunately, he was most famous for wearing one of the worst ring outfits in wrestling history. His outfit was a flesh colored monstrosity that featured air-brushed muscles and strategically placed fur. He left the company later that year and wrestled in Japan until his retirement in 1995.

I would like to take this opportunity to send out my condolences to his family, friends, and fans.

Comments

October 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm
(1) tater says:

This is beginning to make me sad on the verge of anger. Professional criminals appear to have a longer lifespan than professional wrestlers. I wish they would unionize and get some decent health insurance and care.

I wonder if SAG could stake a letigimate claim that pro wrestlers are actors and should therefore be in the union?

November 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm
(2) bert says:

my prayers go out to his family and friends.but it’s our loss and heaven’s gain . may god be with you all during this time of your loss.

January 3, 2011 at 9:50 am
(3) thomas boyce says:

wow its shocking and a shame so many names in wrestling that we grew up watching don’t even get a chance to retire and enjoy growing old and enjoying the new talent that they paved the way for. i watched buzz sawyer for years and until i got online i never knew he was dead…wrestlers like umaga el giante bad bad leroy brown and so many others. they seem to never get the proper credit or recognition… i think that there should be a system to help stop wrestlers from dying so young., it truly is a shame for them to leave us so soon…i grew up watching wrestling as far back as bo bo brazil bruiser brodie dick the bruiser junkyard dog tommy wild fire rich michael jackson…(the wrestler) he was fast and very skilled…bob and brad armstrong ko ko b. ware masked superstar and super destroyer mr. wrestling no.1 and 2 macho man randy savage hawk and animal yoko zuna the great kabuki tony atlas rocky johnson ultimate warrior hill billy jim jim dugan hulk hogan ric flair super fly jimmy snuka pistol pez whatley and i could go on but i’m praying for wrestlers everywhere we need to go to a new way of human preservation to keep these men and women alive for more fthan twenty year careers…and let me drop a few women wrestlers names to be fair fabulous moola trish stratus jackie queen kong sherri and so so many more…THIS IS FOR JIM MCMAHON YOU HAVE MADE SO MUCH FROM WRESTLING AND THATS GOOD…I WOULD ASK IF YOU WOULD CONSIDER MAKING A VIDEO GAME FOR WWE THAT CAN HAVE ALL THE WRESTLERS I NAMED AND MORE ON A VIDEO GAME CALLED WWE FINAL COUNT FOR ALL THE WRESTLERS WHO HAVE GONE ON PLEASE CONSIDER THIS TO PRESERVE WRESTLERS WITH TODAY AND YESTER YEAR…AND TO ALL WRESTLERS I DO APPRECIATE YOU AND YOUR PHYSICAL SACRIFICES YOU DON’T NEED TO KILL EACH OTHER TO MAKE A DOLLAR…LIFE IS TOO SHORT TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES PRAYING FOR YOU ALL THOMAS

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